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Delicious Thai Food in Chiang Mai

We stumbled into Aroy Dee on our very first night in Chiang Mai. See why this nondescript neighborhood shack became our go-to Chiang Mai spot for delicious Thai food.

Delicious Thai Food - Pad Thai at Aroy Dee in Chiang Mai
Pad Thai at Aroy Dee in Chiang Mai

We ate a lot of delicious Thai food in Chiang Mai. This is no surprise since food is one of the top reasons to visit Chiang Mai – if not the top reason.

In just a month, we found our favorite spots for khao soi, khao kha moo, roast chicken and other local specialties. We ate at night markets and experienced a fancy farm dinner. And we drank a lot of amazing smoothies and specialty coffee.

→ Click here to read our Chiang Mai food guide.

Sometimes, though, we just wanted some good, cheap comfort food. That’s when we would take the short walk over broken sidewalks and below unwieldy wires to Aroy Dee.

Located in a shack literally built under a tree, Aroy Dee serves a variety of Thai dishes for under a dollar. The joint is always crowded and for good reason.

→ Click here to discover 26 Thai food favorites.

At Aroy Dee, a simple plate of pad thai has an extra zing. Tom Yum soup is loaded with shrimp plus a deep flavor that western chefs can only dream of creating. And the omelets – let’s just say that we’ll dream about the crispy Khai Jiao for many moons… until we visit Thailand yet again.

Aroy Dee is located “under the tree” on Sirimangkalajarn in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Delicious Thai Food Video

Want to see the food in action? No worries – we filmed a YouTube video – which is almost as good as being there in person.

Plan Your Chiang Mai Trip

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Once you plan your Chiang Mai logistics, you can start planning what to eat during your trip.

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About the Authors

About the Authors

Daryl & Mindi Hirsch

Saveur Magazine’s BEST TRAVEL BLOG award winners Daryl and Mindi Hirsch share their culinary travel experiences and recipes on the 2foodtrippers website and YouTube. The married Food and Travel content creators live in Lisbon, Portugal.


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Karim Kashaf

Friday 22nd of December 2017

During my visit to Thailand I found out that you could find many budget-friendly eateries in Chang Ma but with the valuable recommendations provided above you could easily choose the most cost-effective one.

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Sunday 9th of April 2017

I love this article because thai food is very delicious for me. My favorite food is padthai. It very yummy. Thank for this post keep moving

Fiona Maclean

Tuesday 30th of August 2016

It's amazing what good food can be cooked up from a street stand. My friend who grew up in thailand told me that pad thai is a western invention - it just means thai noodles...apparently 40 years back it didn't exist and you could order bespoke noodles cooked with whatever other ingredients you fancied ! It's still good though!

Glamorous Glutton

Monday 29th of August 2016

The food looks fab especially the omelette. I love pad thai too but it's good to have other food recommendations. GG


Monday 29th of August 2016

With so many budget eateries in a place such as Chang Mai it's great to have a recommendation for a good one.